Harry Jaffe: A tale of tomatoes and a great hospital (Washington Examiner)
September 21, 2009
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A tale of tomatoes and a great hospital
By Harry Jaffe
August 23, 2009
It had to be the tomatoes.
Our crop of heirlooms are coming in strong. We cooked dozens up with peppers and zucchini. I ate the rest. In salads, in sandwiches, fresh off the vine.
So when my stomach started to ache Tuesday afternoon, I wrote it off to a momentary clash of heirlooms and my tummy. But when I woke up that night with knifing pains in my belly, followed by cramps, I wondered if the clash had turned into a full-scale war.
Felt lousy the next morning but I sucked it up, suited up and drove downtown to interview an FBI agent. By noon I was on my back again. When my temperature hit 100 at 6 p.m., I drove over to Sibley Hospital.
Sibley is a comfortable, older hospital in D.C.'s far northwest corner, by the Potomac River. It was a homey place, which is lucky because I was about to spend the night.
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